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India tailor-made holidays

India travel bristles with an air of the exotic, thanks to the billion people of varying ethnic groups who create an intoxicating cultural cocktail that can be dicovered on our India holidays. The country's in-your-face diversity can be found among snow-capped mountains and sun-kissed beaches, tranquil temples and dusty villages. From grand vestiges of the Raj in New Delhi to the rich cultural heritage of the former maharajas in royal Rajasthan, India bustles, shuffles and delights.

The Golden Triangle is India's most popular tourist circuit and a perfect introduction to the country, while India's south abounds with beautiful landscapes, colonial architecture, lush jungles, ruined forts, centuries-old churches and lavish basilica. For the spiritual seeker Tamil Nadu is India's temple heartland, while Varanasi is one of the oldest cities in the world and certainly India's holiest.


Wexas Travel brochure for India

India & Beyond brochure

Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.


When to go

Broadly speaking, India is defined by three seasons, the hot, the wet and the cool. The coolest and most pleasant time to visit is after the monsoon is over, from October to March. That said, Rajasthan, which stays largely dry in the monsoon (loosely May to September) is worth considering in the off-season as hotels are better value and attractions are quieter. And bear in mind the monsoon moves across the country, breaking in Kerala in May and then moving northeast across the country, so it should be possible to plan your trip to avoid it - or like author Alexander Frater, who wrote the wonderful Chasing The Monsoon, to follow it. There are many regional variations, and weather patterns have become less predictable in recent years.

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Essential Experiences

We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.


Practical Information

Capital Capital - New Delhi

Size - 3, 287, 590 sq km

Language - The official language is Hindi but there are over a dozen other official languages, including Punjabi, Bengali and Urdu. English is the language of business and spoken widely.

Population - 1.22 billion people - and growing fast. It is estimated that there are about 50 births in India in a minute.

Religion - predominantly Hindu (over 80 per cent), although India is also home to the second largest Muslim population in the world. There are also Sikh, Christian and Buddhist minorities.

Currency - Indian Rupee (rs) = 100 paise

Time zone - GMT +5.5 hours

Flight time - Approximately 8 hours 30 minutes to New Delhi.

Festivals

Among the many highlights is Holi, the Festival of Colours, in March. It's great fun, with people throwing coloured powder and water at each other, although it can get rather rowdy. Wear old clothes, and sunglasses to protect the eyes if you want to join in the fun of this spring festival. Be aware that the consumption of bhang (cannabis) laced drink and food is a wide-spread part of proceedings and has certainly added to the reputation of this festival as an intoxicating one.

Diwali, which usually falls between mid-October and mid-November, is celebrated with particular enthusiasm in northern India, with fireworks being lit, together with candles and oil lamps, making this five-day festival a beautifully atmospheric one.

The colourful Camel Fair in Pushkar is also held in October or November, bringing traders, farmers, villagers and livestock together from all over Rajasthan.

Visas

All visitors to India from the UK must obtain a visa prior to arrival. The Indian High Commission out sources its visa process to VFS Global, to whom applications should be made. More information can be found on their respective websites: www.hcilondon.net or http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk

Note that your passport must be valid for 190 days from the date the visa is issued and have two completely blank pages spare. Additional conditions may apply to non-UK passport holders.

Passport requirements

Passports need to be valid for six months from the date you are due to leave India.

Money

Rupees are divided into 100 paise. Coins are minted in denominations of 50 paise, RS 1, Rs 2, and Rs 5; while notes are printed in denominations of Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000. It can be difficult to use worn notes, so refuse any damaged notes when you are given them.

It is not possible to purchase Rupees before arriving in India. Try ATMs at the airport if available if you need cash on arrival, or the airport bank, although rates at the latter are not favourable. In cities, the State Bank of India and several others are authorized to deal in foreign exchange and offer better rates of exchange than large hotels, though these do offer a 24-hour service.

ATMs are available all over India, with Cirrus, Maestro as well as Visa and MasterCard generally accepted. Withdrawal fees are often charged, and sometimes fraud prevention measures result in travellers having their cards blocked when unexpected overseas transactions occur, so advise your bank before travelling. Credit cards and Traveller's Cheques by reputable companies are widely accepted. 

Regions [15]

Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in India, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0798.

Himalaya

The Himalaya is the world's greatest mountain range, a 1800-mile mass of white-tipped peaks and valleys that runs from Afghanistan to the border of south-west China. This 'abode of snow' that lies along the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and is enclosed by the Indus and …

India's National Parks

India is rich in natural splendour, blessed with an amazing variety of flora and fauna, the likes of which inpsired Rudyard Kipling to create the magical Jungle Book. India has a diverse wildlife base that is the second largest in the world and currently boasts 80 …

Indian Luxury Trains

Travelling on India's luxury trains is an ideal way to explore the country without sacrificing style and comfort. Rattle over the rails on a romantic, glamorous journey, enjoying regal service and arrive at a new destination to explore the following morning.

Indian Palaces

There are a number of spectacular palace hotels and historic places to stay throughout India. Once home to India's royalty, the buildings have been converted into accommodation to preserve their existence, meaning that you can now stay and experience firsthand how …

Kerala

Kerala. The name means ‘Land of Coconuts', but it's perhaps better known as ‘God's Own Country': a landscape of endless palm groves, relaxed rivers, emerald backwaters, dream beaches and exotic cuisine.

Mumbai

Mumbai is India's fulcrum of business, fashion and Bollywood filmmaking, a mega metropolis built around shopping, glitz and glamour.

Rajasthan

Rajasthan was once a land of royalty and today revels in its regal past. Scores of forts and palaces loom from the arid desert sands, along with cities as colourful as their brightly swathed locals, who fill the streets in dazzling fabric outfits.

Tamil Nadu and Chennai

Here, religious ritual is lived and breathed on the streets and along the temple trail it is rare to find a religious building which has outlived its purpose.

The Golden Triangle

The classic golden triangle is India's most popular tourist circuit and a perfect introduction to the magic of the country.

Varanasi

Ancient Varanasi is dominated by the stone ghats, which line the sacred River Ganges, drawing pilgrims from across the world who come for their daily ritual ablutions.


Itinerary ideas [34]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in India. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0798.

Tigers of Madhya Pradesh

From £3,245 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Luxury travel Natural world

Experience the wonder of India’s wildlife with Taj Safaris on this ten-day extension to the Kanha and Bandhavgarh National Parks

Rajasthan with Heritage Hotels

From £2,445 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Honeymoon

Rajasthan is the epitome of romantic India. Towering forts, ornate temples, peaceful lakes and glittering palaces characterise the cities and towns of this …

Regal Rajasthan

From £3,495 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

The state of Rajasthan is India at its most colourful, a region of ornate royal palaces, traffic-choked cities, bustling markets and stunning national parks …

Experience Wilderness at Jawai Leopard Camp

From £1,495 pp
Natural world Safari Wildlife

A three-day stay at Jawai Leopard Camp, a chic safari camp near Udaipur that specialises in leopard viewing

Splendours of Rajasthan with Oberoi Hotels

From £2,795 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

The royal state of Rajasthan has long been one of India's main attractions, a region that draws together the very best elements of traditional Indian history, …

Rajasthan & Tigers of Ranthambore

From £2,545 pp incl. flights
History & culture Safari Tailor-made travel

A ten-day tailor-made trip to India's Rajasthan, visiting the iconic sites as well as a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park

Hill Stations & Tea Plantations

From £2,595 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City History & culture

This 12-day tailor-made trip takes you to the beautiful hill stations in the Eastern Himalayas, and to Darjeeling where you'll learn about tea production

City and Sea: Mumbai with Goa Beach

From £1,145 pp
Beach City

This eight-day tailor-made extension introduces you to all of Mumbai's major sights, before giving you the chance to kick-back and relax on the beach in Goa

Magnificent Shimla

From £645 pp
History & culture Mountains Natural world

A four-day stay in the mountain village of Shimla, state capital of Himachal Pradesh with a colonial heritage

Indian River Cruise on the Brahmaputra River, Assam

From £2,595 pp incl. flights
History & culture River cruise Wildlife

This Indian river cruise on the Brahmaputra River takes you through the beautiful region of Assam, a rich land of rolling hills, plains and dense forests. …

The tigers of Ranthambore

From £355 pp
Natural world Safari Wildlife

A three-day safari extension in Ranthambore National Park, a famous tiger reserve

Splendours of North India with Oberoi Hotels

From £2,695 pp incl. flights
History & culture Honeymoon Luxury travel

North India is alive with colour, history and culture. Around every corner you'll find fascinating temples, towering forts, glittering palaces and bustling …

The Maharajas Express – Indian Panorama

From £5,995 pp incl. flights
History & culture Luxury travel Natural world

India is a vast country, home to more than a billion people; a country characterised by its diverse cultures, its vibrant colours, its multitude of religions, …

Essence of India with Natasha Kumar

From £3,295 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Small group

Natasha Kumar's work is directly inspired by Rajasthan's delicate architecture, vibrant colours and unique cultural history. Recent exhibitions included a …

Indian Himalayas

From £2,145 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City History & culture

This incredible 12-day tour brings you the highlights of the Indian Himalayas. You will marvel at the breathtaking vistas of Shimla, the hustle and bustle of …

Treasures of Rajasthan with Taj Hotels

From £2,695 pp incl. flights
History & culture Honeymoon Luxury travel

When people think of India, its more often than not the guilded palaces, multicoloured cities and extravagant temples of Rajasthan that first spring to mind.

India’s Golden Triangle

From £1,345 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

The Golden Triangle, made up of the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, is classic India at its very best. This tantalising triumvirate serves up everything you'd …

Royal Rajasthan

From £2,495 pp incl. flights
City Food & wine History & culture

India is a dazzling, sometimes dumbfounding, multidimensional destination of contrasting cultures, cutting edge cities, traditional villages, ancient temples, …

The Deccan Odyssey – Maharashtra Splendour

From £4,295 pp incl. flights
Beach History & culture Rail journey

This eight-day, seven-night trip on-board the Deccan Odyssey takes you to the iconic sites of Maharashtra state

Splendours of Southern India

From £2,065 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Natural world

This 13-day tailor-made tour introduces you to the flavour and spice of Southern India. Relax and observe whilst the delicate aromas of cardamom, cinnamon, …

Rajasthan by train with Palace on Wheels

From £4,245 pp incl. flights
History & culture Luxury travel Natural world

Rajasthan's Palace on Wheels luxury train exudes traditiona Indian opulence, style and comfort, modelled on the luxurious railway cars of old with richly …

The Essence of Rajasthan

From £1,995 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Wildlife

This tailor-made 12-day tour will show you the essence of Rajasthan, from its warm and welcoming people, to its bustling cities, antiquated villages, and regal …

Beaches and Backwaters of Kerala

From £1,495 pp incl. flights
Beach History & culture Honeymoon

Kerala, on India's tropical southwest coast is India at its most laid back. A green and verdant strip of land with a perfect climate and smiling, welcoming …

The Maharajas Express - India Splendour

From £5,495 pp incl. flights
History & culture Honeymoon Luxury travel

Travel across India in style on the Maharajas Express, a train experience as opulent and luxurious as the palaces that inspired it. Experience service and …

Andaman Islands Explorer

From £1,695 pp incl. flights
Beach History & culture Natural world

Welcome to India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a stunning archipelago of 572 tropical islands, 1,000 kilometres from the Indian mainland in the heart of the …

The Maharajas Express - Gems of India

From £3,795 pp incl. flights
History & culture Honeymoon Luxury travel

The Maharajas Express is the latest word in luxury train travel in India. In a country renowned for its majestic opulence, this palace on wheels is the perfect …

Captivating Kerala

From £1,695 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Beach Food & wine

Kerala, known as God's Own Country, is a beautiful land of rivers, backwaters and beaches on India's palm-fringed southwest coast. Between Kerala's golden …

Rajasthan & the tigers of Madhya Pradesh

Call for details
History & culture Honeymoon Luxury travel

India's national parks, many former hunting grounds of the maharajas, have plenty to offer the wildlife enthusiast. Spotting tigers is top of most people's …

India tiger safaris

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Natural world Safari Wildlife

India’s Madya Pradesh region is home to well-known tiger reserves and provides an easily accessible wildlife circuit, combining legendary service with …

Places to stay [83]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in India. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in India, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0798.

Trident Nariman Point, Mumbai

£££££
Beach Relaxation Spa

While much of India revels in old-world charm and Eastern exoticism, Mumbai is a booming global city of the 21st century, and a stay at the Trident Nariman …

Mihir Garh, Jodhpur

£££££
Eco-tourism History & culture Off-The-Beaten-Track

The Mihir Garh, or The Fort of the Sun, is located on the golden sands of Marwar, about 1-hour's drive from Jodhpur. The exclusive boutique hotel is located …

Taj Bengal, Kolkata

£££££
City History & culture Spa

The Taj Bengal is an iconic hotel offering contemporary grandeur within a stone's throw of the city's most important institutions. The palatial design of the …

Kumarakom Lake Resort, Kerala

£££££
History & culture Natural world Relaxation

When the serene, blue-green beauty of Kerala’s ‘backwaters’ began to attract Western travellers a decade or so ago, a rash of new resorts sprang up in the …

Holiday Inn, New Delhi International Airport

£££££
City Spa

Holiday Inn's credentials for streamlined, comfortable and excellent value for money stopovers for both business and leisure travellers makes this …

Khem Villas, Ranthambore

£££££
Eco-tourism Off-The-Beaten-Track Wildlife

Khem Villas is a superior jungle camp, and has been established since 1989 on the same land. It's located on the outskirts of Ranthambore, 13 km from Sawai …

Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino, Gangtok

£££££
Activity adventure Mountains Natural world

Hidden away in the lush Himalayan forests surrounding Sikkim’s capital Gangtok, this gorgeously designed hotel recalls the mystical mountain monasteries of …

Nadesar Palace, Varanasi

£££££££
History & culture Relaxation Spa

With just ten rooms and suites to choose from, Nadesar Palace is the perfect place for guests who value privacy and intimacy as much as luxury. Throughout its …

Vivanta by Taj Connemara, Chennai

£££££
City Luxury travel Spa

Chennai’s only heritage hotel, the Connemara was first built in 1854 as the Imperial and has provided luxury accommodation to Chennai's visitors for over 150 …

The Claridges, New Delhi

£££££
City History & culture

Graceful architecture, elegant décor, and a seamless blend of old-world charm and contemporary facilities have made The Claridges, New Delhi one of the best …

The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

£££££
Food & wine History & culture Luxury travel

The Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra is a Moorish and Moghul fantasy in the shadow of the Taj Mahal. Turbaned bellhops greet guests at the entrance, leading them to a …

Banjaar Tola, Kanha National Park

£££££££
Luxury travel Safari Spa

A luxury tented safari camp, Banjaar Tola offers game drives, a great family programme, and exceptional accommodation

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

£££££££
City History & culture Luxury travel

Set in 30 acres, The Oberoi Udaivilas is nothing short of palatial. A pristine version of an original Rajasthani Mewari moated palace, with landscaped terraces …

Gateway Hotel, Agra

£££££
City History & culture

Located in the city of Agra in the north-Indian state Uttar Pradesh, the Gateway Hotel features 100 stylish rooms and suites, first-class service and the …

The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

£££££££
City History & culture Luxury travel

Set in 32 acres of landscaped gardens with thepink city of Jaipur as its backdrop, the Oberoi Rajvilas is the India of ones imagination – dusted down, …

Vivanta by Taj Fisherman's Cove

£££££
Beach Luxury travel Relaxation

There are a lot of generic beach resorts around the world, but the Taj at Fisherman's Cove is hardly one of them. Its sleek Scandinavian-style cottages and …

Aanavilasam Luxury Plantation House, Kerala

£££££
Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track Relaxation

Aanavilasam offers a fantastic opportunity to sample plantation life up in the cool hills of Kerala’s verdant interior. Seven acres of cardamom and pepper …

ITC Mughal Agra

£££££
History & culture Spa

The hotel is located over 35 acres of gardens, and is in close proximity to the Taj Mahal in Agra. The hotel is also close to a plethora of other neighbouring …

&Beyond Baghvan Jungle Lodge, Pench National Park

£££££££
Luxury travel Natural world Off-The-Beaten-Track

Known throughout the luxury travel world for their unrivalled African safari experiences, &Beyond bring the same values to the Indian wilderness with this …

The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi

£££££
Food & wine History & culture Spa

The Taj Mahal Hotel is located in the heart of New Delhi, at the prestigious address of Number One Mansingh Road. It is in close proximity to the city's …

Elgin Silver Oaks, West Bengal

£££££
Escorted tour Food & wine Relaxation

Like many grand Indian hotels, the Elgin started life as a stately home, built by a jute magnate in the 1930s. Resembling a vast Alpine chalet more than a …

Devi Garh by Lebua, Udaipur

£££££
History & culture Relaxation

Devi Garh by Ledbua is a heritage hotel, housed within an 18th-century palace in the village of Delwara, near Udaipur. It was the royal residence of the rulers …

Grace Hotel Dharamshala, Himalaya

£££££
History & culture Luxury travel Mountains

Tucked away in the Kashmiri Himalayas, the Grace Hotel is a mountainside manor offering over two centuries of history alongside welcoming and luxurious …

SpiceTree Munnar, Kerala

£££££
Eco-tourism Family Off-The-Beaten-Track

The SpiceTree Munnar is located just 23 km from the plantation town of Munnar in Kerala. It's nestled among the pristine mountain ranges of Kanan Devan and …

Heritage Madurai, Tamil Nadu

£££££
Luxury travel Relaxation Spa

This historic property began life as the Madurai Club, a classy meeting place for Europeans working in Madurai’s mills and a symbol of the refined life to be …

Wildflower Hall, Shimla

£££££
Luxury travel Mountains Natural world

Situated at 8,250 feet in the magnificent Himalayas, Wildflower Hall is a fairytale luxury resort set in 22 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar. The former …

JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity, Delhi

£££££
City Luxury travel Relaxation

It’s lovely to get involved in the country and do as the locals do… but sometimes the full sensory assault of Delhi can become too much, and all you need is …

Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge, Bandhavgarh National Park

£££££££
History & culture Jungle Safari

Mahua Kothi Jungle Lodge is located in a beautiful nature sanctuary, and has a swimming pool, in-room massage treatments, and yoga amenities

The Oberoi, Mumbai

£££££
City History & culture Spa

The Oberoi is located on the exclusive Marine Drive in Mumbai, and has contemporary décor and an excellent spa.

Spice Village, Periyar

£££££
Luxury travel Natural world Relaxation

Set in the heart of the Cardamom hills of Kerala, Spice Village offers an opportunity to enjoy South India's wildlife and beauty. The hotel lies just outside …

Laxmi Niwas Palace, Rajasthan

£££££
City History & culture Luxury travel

Built as the residence for an ambitious maharaja, the Laxmi Niwas Palace was also designed with the needs of visiting VIPs firmly in mind, and was a major …

Vivanta by Taj Green Cove, Kovalam

£££££
Beach Relaxation Spa

Set on a beautiful hillside, just a stone's throw from one of Kerala's finest beaches and within touching distance of the backwaters that characterise this …

Marari Beach Resort, Kerela

£££££
Beach Eco-tourism Relaxation

Many hotels attempt to lure in visitors with impressive facilities or an exhaustive list of activities for guests to get involved in. Marari is the opposite, …

The Oberoi Vanyavilas, Ranthambore

£££££££
Food & wine Natural world Wildlife

Renowned as one of the finest properties in India, the Oberoi Vanyavilas offers unparalleled, personalised service and luxury, tented accommodation on the edge …

Visalam, Chettinad, Tamil Nadu

£££££
Eco-tourism Luxury travel Off-The-Beaten-Track

Once an art deco mansion in a forgotten corner of Tamil Nadu, Visalam has been carefully restored as a peaceful wellness retreat for those seeking a side of …

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

£££££££
City Food & wine History & culture

Perched high above the royal city of Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan Palace is the last of the great palaces of India. Completed in 1943, it is still the residence of the …

Castle Mandawa, Jhunjhunu

£££££
Desert Escorted tour History & culture

Rajasthan is rich in iconic forts and opulent palaces that never fail to impress visitors, and this historic hotel allows guests to experience that sense of …

Sher Bagh, Ranthambore

£££££££
Off-The-Beaten-Track Wildlife

This Relais & Chateaux property is a lovely safari tented camp, set beautifully by a lake and surrounded by forest. The camp has 12 luxury tents, a dining tent …

Elgin Mount Pandim, Sikkim

£££££
Mountains Off-The-Beaten-Track Relaxation

Past the tea plantations, high up in the Himalayas, this stunning hotel lies on an eight-acre hillside estate with fabulous views. Originally built by local …

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Goa

£££££
Beach Relaxation Spa

Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa is one of Goa's premier beach resorts, has a fantastic spa, and is located on the pristine Arossim Beach.

Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

£££££££
All-inclusive Family Mountains

Glenburn Tea Estate is a plantation retreat located in Darjeeling, which offers tea-tasting tours, and fantastic Himalayan views

Taj Exotica, Goa

£££££
Beach Relaxation Spa

Taj Exotica Goa is a luxurious five-star resort that overlooks the azure Arabian sea, and is located within fifty-six acres of lush gardens

Palais de Mahe, Pondicherry

£££££
Beach City Eco-tourism

This historic chateau in the heart of Pondicherry is a striking monument to French colonial rule in this corner of India – an area they ruled for almost three …

The Leela, Kovalam

£££££
Beach Relaxation Spa

The Leela Kovalam is set high on a cliff-top, with sweeping views of pristine beaches. It’s the ultimate beach resort for those seeking respite from modern …

Suryauday Haveli, Uttar Pradesh

£££££
City History & culture Relaxation

Hidden away in the labyrinthine alleys that fringe the Ganges in Varanasi lies this gem of luxurious tranquillity right in the middle of one of India’s most …

Chhatra Sagar, Rajasthan

£££££
Off-The-Beaten-Track Relaxation Wildlife

The Chhatra Sagar is a superior camp in Rajput, in the Rajasthan district of India near the town of Nimaj, and ideally situated for a relaxing stopover …

Neemrana Fort-Palace, Rajasthan

£££££
History & culture Luxury travel Relaxation

This palatial fifteenth-century sandstone fort commands fine views of Neemrana village and the surrounding desert plain from its lofty position on a terraced …

The Leela Palace, Udaipur

£££££
Relaxation Romance Spa

On the banks of Lake Pichola, surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains, is the Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur. Rooms and suites look out across the tranquil lake …

Clarkes Hotel, Shimla

£££££
History & culture Mountains Relaxation

Clarkes Hotel has been a heritage hotel since 1898, and is located in Shimla, which is the capital of the Himachel Pradesh province, with an average altitude of …

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Mumbai

£££££
City Food & wine History & culture

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel's history is intimately interlinked with that of the Taj Mahal Palace. The hotel is Mumbai's first harbour landmark, which …

Ananda in the Himalayas, Rishikesh

£££££££
Activity adventure Mountains Natural world

A world-class luxury spa situated in the picturesque foothills of the Himalayas. combining amazing guided hikes on mountain paths and wild elephant viewing in …

Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort, Marari Beach

£££££
Beach Relaxation Spa

The Carnoustie Ayurveda & Wellness Resort is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kerala, India on the Marari Beach. It's just 20 km from the world …

The Hadoti Palace

£££££
City History & culture Romance

The Hadoti Palace Bundi has a rich heritage, and is owned by the royal family of Bandnore. Set in the sleepy township of Bundi, the hotel has colonial …

The Oberoi, New Delhi

£££££
City History & culture Luxury travel

The hotel reflects the capital city's spirit in a harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary sophistication. Recognised as a pioneer amongst luxury hotels …

Fateh Prakash Palace, Udaipur

£££££
History & culture Relaxation

The Fateh Prakash Palace was constructed during the reign of Maharana Fateh Singh, between 1884 and 1930, exclusively for royal functions. It has been …

Samode Haveli, Jaipur

£££££
City History & culture

Charming and majestic, the Samode Haveli is a 200-year-old mansion tucked away in the heart of the old city surrounded by gardens, courtyards and terraces. The …

Ajit Bhawan, Jodhpur

£££££
City History & culture Relaxation

A palace resort ideally located in the High Court area of Jodhpur, one of the city's most popular locales, the hotel is only 1km from the city centre. The hotel …

Hyatt Amritsar, Amritsar, Punjab

£££££
City History & culture Spa

Hyatt Amritsar is an elegantly appointed five-star hotel, with a beautiful spa

Tree of Life Resort & Spa, Jaipur

£££££
Natural world Relaxation Spa

Nestled among the undulating Aravali hills in Jaipur lies the Tree of Life Resort & Spa. It's about 40 mins drive from Jaipur, yet near to the Dera Amar …

Pashan Garh, Panna National Park

£££££££
History & culture Jungle Off-The-Beaten-Track

Pashan Garh is located in a stunning national park, with first-class spa, cuisine and infinity pool

Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

£££££££
City History & culture Relaxation

This recently renovated hotel is set within a palace, owned by the Maharaja of Jaipur. Its central location makes it an ideal option to explore the many …

Vivanta by Taj Malabar, Kochi

£££££
City History & culture

Situated on Willingdon Island with a magnificent view of Kochi harbour, the Vivanta by Taj Malabar combines old-world elegance with modern day convenience. In …

RAAS, Jodhpur

£££££
City History & culture Romance

RAAS is the only boutique hotel in Jodhpur, and fuses traditional architecture and materials with contemporary design. The hotel has the best location out of …

Le Meridien, Kochi

£££££
Luxury travel Natural world Spa

Nestled amongst 25 acres of coconut groves and backwater rivers, Le Méridien Kochi sits at the heart of one of India’s most naturally beautiful cities. …

Jawai Leopard Camp, Nr Ranakpur

£££££
Natural world Wildlife

The Jawai Leopard Camp is a chic safari camp amongst the haunting beauty of the Jawai hills and lake near Udaipur and not far from the renowned temple of …

The Serai, Jaisalmer

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History & culture Luxury travel Safari

The Serai Jaisalmer is a luxurious Rajputana-inspired tented camp with an excellent Raison d’Etre spa

Brunton Boatyard, Kochi

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History & culture Relaxation

The Bruton Boatyard is a sea facing hotel located in the old Fort Kochi, and is built in a traditional Keralan style. It's located on a historic stretch of the …

Coconut Lagoon Resort, Kumarakom

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Food & wine Natural world Relaxation

Coconut Lagoon is situated about 78 km from Cochin, hidden among the palm trees on the eastern shore of lake Vembanad at the mouth of the Kavanar River. The …

Old Harbour Hotel, Kochi

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Relaxation

The Old Harbour Hotel is located at the heart of the ancient Fort Cochin, in Kerala, a place that exudes history and culture. The hotel is a 300-year-old …

Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom, Kerala

Once the site of a charming 19th century colonial bungalow, Vivanta by Taj Kumarakom sits amidst a verdant tropical garden on the banks of Vembanad Lake, …

Niraamaya Surya Samudra, Kovalam

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Relaxation Romance Spa

This stylish and exclusive boutique hotel is about 15 minutes' drive from Kovalam. Surrounded by lush greenery, and on the Arabian Sea, Surya Samudra …

Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

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City History & culture

The Urdu translation of ‘Falaknuma’ means ‘mirror of the sky’, and this is a reflection of a palace that rests at an elevation of 2,000 feet above …

Purity, Lake Vembanad

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History & culture Relaxation Spa

Situated on the shores of Lake Vembanad, this colonial-style villa has exceptional lake views and is entirely geared towards lakeside living, dining and …

The Leela, Goa

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Beach Spa

The Leela, Goa resembles a combination of Indian summer palaces and Portuguese-style villas, tastefully furnished with fixtures of marble and granite. Sprawled …

Vismaya, Lake Vembanad

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Relaxation Romance Spa

The Vismaya is an exclusive 400-year-old luxury wooden villa, that's fabulously located just 1 hour south of Cochin on the 'salty side' of the Vembanad lake, in …

Rambagh Palace, Jaipur

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City History & culture Luxury travel

The Rambagh Palace is located in the centre of busy Jaipur, Rajasthan. The hotel maintains the finest traditions of Rajput hospitality, offering guests a taste …

The Leela, Mumbai

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City History & culture Spa

The Leela Mumbai is an island of green in the heart of Mumbai's booming business district of Sahar, and is one of the city's key identifying landmarks. It's …

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

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City History & culture Honeymoon

When greeted with a shower of rose petals on arrival, you can see why this is one of Indias most famous and romantic hotels. The 250- year-old summer palace is …

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